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(Junior) Software Engineer / Data Scientist - Graduate

  • Barbican, City of London (EC2)
  • From £30,000 to £32,000 per annum (private healthcare after 6 months)


illuma is an independent advertising technology company that runs proprietary machine learning tools to provide clients with a more intelligent way to scale their most valuable audiences online.

Our technology has been developed by leading academics in data science and artificial intelligence fields, combined with input from senior advertising and publishing professionals. Our core clients are premium publishers, major programmatic advertisers and specialist (programmatic) media buyers. We differentiate in a cluttered technology sector by challenging most of the norms of mainstream data-driven advertising: whereas most technology companies promise the needle in the haystack, we simply find more haystacks.

Job Purpose:

For those who are looking to take their first steps in their career, this is a fantastic opportunity to work in a truly dynamic company under inspiring leadership, where you will have the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting technologies in the sector. On a day to day basis you will be responsible for and take the lead on a number of projects where you will use your analytical skills to understand the given brief and foresee any technical challenges that may arise. Alongside others you will be responsible for data management, data analysis, data visualisation and interface development.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Use a combined knowledge of computer science and applications, modelling statistics, analytics and maths to solve problems
  • Extract data from multiple sources
  • Apply advanced analytical techniques to perform statistical analyses, create predictive and prescriptive models
  • Help the organisation understand the principles and the maths behind Data Science to drive buy-in of the analytical solutions being developed
  • Proactively acquire data from various sources and analyse it to improve understanding of the business performance
  • Sift and analyse data from multiple angles, looking for trends that highlight problems or opportunities
  • Communicate important information and insights to the business and other group companies
  • Provide strategic and tactical advice based upon customer behaviour analysis.
  • Design, develop and evaluate advanced predictive and machine learning models with a focus on media buying
  • Conduct advanced analysis on various marketing efforts to gauge performance, impact and effectiveness against the desired results

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • 2:1 degree or higher from a top university in Computer Science, Software or related area of study
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience with data management, data analysis and data visualisation
  • Experience of operating systems – Linux and Windows (shell commands) and databases: MySQL, MongoDB
  • Programming languages: Python and R (especially packages for machine learning and data analysis)
  • Data visualisation: D3, Highcharts
  • Web development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flask, Django
  • Version control system: Git (Github & Bitbucket)
  • Experience of real time bidding
  • Cloud Service and distributed systems: Amazon Web Echo-System, Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal with experience of liaising at all levels including senior contacts
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook and adeptness at learning new computer packages
  • A proactive attitude, with the ability to use initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight timescales
  • The ability to cope with pressure and work to tight deadlines


Communication - able to get one's message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Team working - able to help build and maintain effective working relationships, working co-operatively with others to be part of a team and lead a team.

Strategic Thinking. Can identify a vision along with the plans that need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues, etc. in the short, medium and longer term.

Analytical Thinking - Ability to simplify complex problems or projects into component parts, exploring and evaluating them systematically, and identifying and resolving problems.

Planning and organising - Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, resources, with line manager guidance at outset as required.

Flexibility – able to adapt and work effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change

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